1.6 MILLION VISITORS SPENT $74 MILLION WHEN THEY VISITED JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK LAST YEAR

Nearly 1.6 million visitors came to Joshua Tree National Park in 2014, and visitor numbers have been steadily increasing for the last 8 months, according to a report released yesterday by the National Park Service. While the percentage of increases in visitors in July and August 2014 were in the

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PURSUIT ENDS UP IN HILLS OF NORTH JOSHUA TREE

A routine traffic stop led to a pursuit that ended in the hills in north Joshua Tree Thursday afternoon. About 3:18, Sheriff’s deputies Bruce Southworth and Erikson saw an older model Jeep Cherokee with an expired registration at the Circle K gas station in Joshua Tree. When the deputies attempted

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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GET ORIENTATION AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Area high school students recently visited Copper Mountain College. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the students who participated will have an advantage when it comes time to register… Copper Mountain College counselors and staff recently went to area high schools with an assessment test as part of CMC’s pre-registration process. Students

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AWARDED $500 SCHOLARSHIP

A Yucca Valley High School senior has been named the recipient of a $500 Gladys Carol Scholarship this year. Bryant Pahl of Yucca Valley was chosen to receive the scholarship while he pursues his STEM degree in Physics at UC Santa Barbara. Pahl was selected due to his academic excellence

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BABYSITTERS CITED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT

Two babysitters were cited for child endangerment Thursday. According to Sheriff officials, Rainnah Cruz and Hailey Kasney, both 19, were babysitting three children in the 5300 block of Mariposa Avenue in Twentynine Palms Thursday afternoon. The child’s father told deputies he received a message about 3 p.m. that his 4-year-old

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“WAIT UNTIL DARK” PLAYING AT THEATRE 29 THIS WEEKEND

The thriller “Wait Until Dark” has audiences raving at Theatre 29. The classic mystery by Fredrick Knott continues its run with performances this weekend through May 9. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares some insight from the play’s director, Ben Bees… “Wait Until Dark” at Theater 29 is directed by Ben Bees.

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FREE CONCERT AT YUCCA VALLEY CHURCH SUNDAY

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will offer a free concert 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26. John Yonushonis will report on the delivery and acceptance of gifts and money to students at St. Michael’s School on the Navajo reservation at Window Rock, Arizona. The presentation will be followed by a concert featuring

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STAR TWIRLERS SQUARE DANCE TONIGHT

The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is hosting a plus-level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge tonight. Bill (Tex) Gipson will be calling squares from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Lines will be cued from 7:00 to 7:30 and between tips. The lodge is located at 55946 Yucca Trail

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TEA AND FASHION SHOW IN YUCCA VALLEY SUNDAY

The St. Mary’s of the Valley Alter Guilds will hold their annual tea and fashion show tomorrow. Reporter Diana Medley tells you how to get tickets… Put on your best party hat to attend St. Mary’s of the Valley Altar Guilds annual tea and fashion show April 25. The tea

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, April 25, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be The Match bone marrow

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YUCCA MESA IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION TO HOLD POTLUCK TONIGHT

Marina West of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency will be the special guest speaker at tonight’s potluck dinner meeting of the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association. Other speakers will discuss the Landers solar project. Bring your favorite dish that can feed 8 to 10 people, or donate $5 if you don’t

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ARTIST RECEPTION AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY SATURDAY

Susan Abbott is the artist of the month at the Joshua Tree Library this month. A reception at which Abbott will talk about her work will be held tomorrow from 12:30 to 2 at the library. Light refreshments will be served.

RENTALS STILL AVAILABLE AT YUCCA VALLEY’S NEW SENIOR HOUSING PROJECT

Yucca Valley’s new senior housing has been open for a few months now. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says units are still available… When Yucca Valley’s new Dumosa Senior Village began accepting applications for the one-bedroom units, many were attracted by the income-based sliding scale rents, high security, and 55-plus age requirement.

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FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

On April 25 the Catholic Community will host the Food for Life meal. The meal will be served from 3 to 5 p.m. at Little Church of the Desert Community Hall. On the menu is beef Stroganoff, vegetables, and dessert.

SKY’S THE LIMIT HOSTS STAR PARTY SATURDAY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, April 25. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:30 p.m. and end about 12:30 a.m. The first quarter moon and Jupiter will be visible with great detail, along with several colorful double and multiple stars. Bring

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan track team will compete in the Vista Murrieta Inland Empire championship meet tomorrow. The meet begins at 8:30.

ACCUSED MURDERER PLEADS NOT GUILTY YESTERDAY

Accused murderer Christopher Lee was in court again yesterday, pleading not guilty to charges that he killed his lover, 19-year-old Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms last June. Lee was formally arraigned on the murder charges three weeks ago, and yesterday’s court appearance was a formality for him to plead not

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TODDLER FOUND WANDERING STREETS IN YUCCA VALLEY

A toddler was found wandering in the streets in Yucca Valley Wednesday evening. About 6:45 p.m., an approximately 2-year-old boy was found wandering barefoot and alone near Paradise Park, near Barron Drive and Hermosa Avenue. The youths who found the toddler called the Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff patrol units drove through

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COACHELLA FEST STATUE COMES TO JOSHUA TREE

A part of Coachella Fest came to Joshua Tree Tuesday. Made from white and gray Portuguese marble, The Party God—a statue of a cool cat wearing sunglasses and holding a chilled beverage can—was placed on a 10-acre vacant lot in north Joshua Tree owned by Niki and Simon Haas. The

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN YUCCA VALLEY CRASH

A motorcycle rider was injured in a crash in Yucca Valley Wednesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 3:15 p.m., Edward Fehd, 28, was driving a Prius westbound on the highway, just past Yucca Mesa Road, when he attempted to make a U-Turn. Kris Buck, 39, was riding a

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